WSU assistant coaches plus strength coach receive raises; collectively the 10 will receive $3 million in annual compensation

WASHINGTON STATE athletic director Bill Moos, who has long cited the relationship between winning and competitive salaries for the football coaching staff, has awarded raises to the WSU assistant coaches as well as the strength coach. Collectively, Wazzu's 10 main assistants are scheduled to receive $3 million in annual salary.

Note: Any additional salary compensation for WSU head man Mike Leach has not yet become official. Leach received a $200,000 raise last year, bringing his salary to $2.95 million.  Leach, who has an annual rollover clause in his contract, remains under contract to Wazzu through Dec 31, 2021. 

The assistant coach raises also reflect a two-year continuation of Moos' efforts for WSU to remain competitive in the marketplace, with more and more assistant coaches on the move (ASU has five new assistant coaches this season).  Last year, Washington State gave its 10 main assistants $375,000 in raises for a collective salary of $2,848,500.  In 2017, the raises total $160,000, collectively adding up to $3,008,500, WSU told

Assistant coach salary pools in the Pac-12 last year, not including the strength coach, ranged from $2.66 million (Colorado) to $3.96 million (UCLA) according to USA Today.  (Stanford and USC, both private schools, did not disclose salary information).

Defensive coordinator Alex Grinch in 2017 receives a $25,000 raise, as called for in the contract extension he signed last year.  His annual salary is now $600,000.  That number would have tied him last season for the highest paid defensive coordinator in the Pac-12 with UW's Pete Kwiatkowski, according to USA Today.  Grinch is signed through 2018, when he is scheduled to receive another $25,000 bump and make $625,000.

All other WSU assistant coaches, as is typical, operate on one-year contracts. D-line coach Jeff Phelps, who came to the Palouse from Minnesota this offseason, is WSU’s next highest-paid assistant coach after Grinch. His 2017 salary is $316,500. 

Outside linebackers coach Roy Manning (pictured above) and special teams coach Eric Mele each received $30,000 raises.  Manning's new salary is $301,500, Mele's is $231,500.

Four WSU assistants plus the strength coach received $15,000 raises.  O-Line coach Clay McGuire now makes $291,500 while outside receivers coach Dave Nichol's new salary is $266,500.  Strength coach Jason Loscalzo's new salary is also $266,500.  Loscalzo last year was the 25th highest paid strength coach nationally, according to USA Today.

Linebackers coach Ken Wilson now makes $261,500 while Jim Mastro's contract calls for $251,500 in annual salary.

New inside receivers coach Derek Sage, who came to WSU from Toledo this offseason, will make $221,500 in his first season with the Cougs. Sage replaced JaMarcus Shephard, who made $226,500 in 2016.

Grinch's contract calls for a $500,000 buyout if he leaves WSU for a non-head coaching job by June 30, 2017. (There is no buyout if Grinch leaves for a head coaching job).  The buyout decreases to $250,000 if he were to leave WSU between July 1, 2017 and June 30, 2018. After that, there is no buyout clause.  Typically, most schools only assign buyouts to their coordinators and Grinch is the only WSU assistant who has a buyout in his contract.

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